"The book is as captivating and addictive as Vertigo, the film Blackwell illuminates and re-imagines. On the level of criticism alone, the book is revelatory: Hitchcock has never appeared so engrossingly strange and alive. But MADELEINE E. is also a profound exploration of identity, doubling, obsession, romantic love, perception, falling, the power of art. Interspersed among the collages of philosophical insight are hypnotic narratives about a man named Gabriel Blackwell, whose many possible lives reveal the dizzying potentials of our own. This is a wondrous book."
Eric G. Wilson, author of Keep It Fake: Inventing an Authentic Life and Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy
"MADELEINE E. is a riveting examination of the self (or selves), spun from the yarn skein in Gabriel Blackwell's labyrinthine mind. Using Hitchcock's masterpiece Vertigo as a springboard for cultural and critical investigation and personal narrative, Blackwell has managed to write an impossibly entertaining book indeed, a philosophical page turner."
Amber Sparks, author of The Unfinished World and Other Stories
"[T]he ways in which Blackwell uses the techniques of sober nonfiction to encircle a narrative which is quickly becoming a delirious meditation on a film that’s far from lucid is memorable and, at times, ingenious."
Tobias Carroll at Read It Forward
"The book very quickly takes on a mysterious, drug-like momentum of its own. Like a great mystery film, it makes you want to poke holes in all the storylines around you."
Blake Bulter at VICE
"Few writers are as ingenious or as incisive on the subject of contemporary America’s relationship to its own industries of the imagination. MADELEINE E. demonstrates as much, but it also does considerably more, and by simultaneously widening and narrowing its scope."
Joe Milazzo at Entropy
". . .an intelligent, personal meditation on one of the greatest films of all time"
Laura Adamczyk at The A.V. Club
"a work of creative criticism of the highest order... The book breathes fresh life into both the task of the novelist and critic..."
Nathan Knapp at Fanzine
"It’s like looking into a novelist’s notebook, filled with quotations, notes, musings and incomplete sketches, only Blackwell has taken the time to polish each piece, while leaving the whole skillfully fragmented."
G. Smalley at 366 Weird Movies